This week’s must-reads: Don’t fall for the moral panic over children’s screen time

In my work as a behavioral designer, I come across important stories on how psychology influences our behavior. Every week, I share my round-up of the most important stories at the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. I hope you enjoy them!

9 Habits of World Class Startups (NfX)
World class companies embrace nine operating principles which help make them revolutionary.

The Truth About Teen Suicide (Washington Monthly) Smartphones and social media aren’t driving the increase in teen suicide. The real story is far more complicated.

Two-Sided Marketplaces and Engagement (Sequoia) Engagement is key to the success of any product, engaged users return for repeat experiences. Understanding and improving engagement will increase a product’s health.

Don’t fall for the moral panic over children’s screen time (The Guardian)
The anxiety about screens is probably triggered because we adults are forced to spend more time than we would wish looking at them, so we naturally fear for what it is doing to a child’s brain.

The perennial debate about whether your phone is secretly listening to you, explained (Vox)
Do our phones listen to our conversation on behalf of advertisers? And does Facebook help them?

Research Reveals How Time of Day Impacts Consumer Choice (Forbes)
Professor Jonah Berger discusses recent study results that show how time of day impacts consumer choices.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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